48th Safe Haven Baby Announced

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The Iowa Department of Human Services says a baby boy has been turned over to the state via the Safe Haven Law.

The baby was born on April 23rd and is the 48th Safe Haven baby born in Iowa.

The Safe Haven Law states any child 30 days old or younger can be taken to any hospital, fire station, or health care facility without being charged for abandonment. The babies are placed with foster or adoptive parents.

The Safe Haven Law was passed in 2002 by Iowa lawmakers. In 2001, a teenage girl in Tama County hid her pregnancy and killed her infant child after delivering the baby at home. The death of “Baby Chelsea” spurred legislators to create the Safe Haven Law.

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